The territory of Puerto Rico is in trouble.
Millions are suffering the after-effects of Hurricane Maria, and the humanitarian crisis is worsening without power, water or fuel. The country's electrical grid is "virtually gone." People are starting to die.
Our government's aid response has been weak at best, so people are taking to social media to call for individual Americans to provide aid and assistance.
This Sunday, Oct. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. you can bring any of the items listed below to donate at Chino Star Barbershop at 6838 Midlothian Turnpike. Organizers there will send it to Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Association (PRFAA).
Update: Also, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe will headline a benefit for victims of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico on Friday, Sept. 29 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Stone Brewing Richmond at 4300 Williamsburg Ave.
The event, United for Puerto Rico, will be organized by local Puerto Ricans, some of whom have not been able to contact their families, according to a press release. One hundred percent of donations will go the families of Puerto Rico.
List of Items for donation at Chino Star
• Canned food
• Powdered milk or drinks in individual containers
• A flashlight and extra batteries
• Portable Battery Lanterns
• Matches and lighters
• Radio or battery television
• Battery alarm clock
• Manual can opener
• Disposable kitchen utensils, plates and cups
• First aid kit
• Battery Operated Fans
• toiletries items
• Feminine Hygiene Products
• Mosquito repellent
• Bleach (chlorine)
• Tablets to purify the water
• Disposable diapers and individual baby wipes
• Formula milk, baby food, and medicine
• Cleaning products
• Garbage bags
• MRE's (Ready to Eat Meals) military food
For pets: Canned or dry food